Fine Woodworking named this award-winning 12" jointer/planer as "Best Overall" in its category. The Minimax FS 30C T offers premium power and precision in a compact size for any shop. With long jointer tables, and sturdy fence, this machine is a quality product, made in Italy, for a value price. Find out why one of our best-selling units may be perfect for you.
Minimax jointer/planers include the quick change “Tersa” knife head. This cutterhead eliminates the necessity of gauging the knives each time to ensure proper height positioning. The Tersa knives automatically lock into position when the machine is turned on. Removal of the knives is as simple as tapping down the wedge blocks and sliding out the knives. Since the knives are double-sided, they can be flipped over, reinserted, and used again.
Changing between jointer and planer is much quicker on this machine than other models. This is because there are two separate same-side dust collection outlets for the jointer and the planer. Also, it is not required to drop the planer table all the way down in order to change back to a jointer, saving you additional time. Lastly, when going back to using the planer function, you don’t have as much distance to travel to get to your planning thickness. The entire changeover process can be done in under a minute.
The FS 30C T has a separate jointer fence which rides on a rail mounted to the jointer table. The rigid fence is made of extruded aluminum that is 1,670 mm in length, has a cast-iron knuckle, and can tilt up to 45°.
This machine features a 12” Jointer and a 12” Planer with a 59” long cast-iron table. The planer is able to process up to 9” thick material. The jointer/planer head also comes standard with a “Tersa” head. This quick change system allows you to change the cutterhead knives quickly and accurately to minimize down time. The knife height is set automatically.
Also featured is an American-style, OSHA-approved standard guard. American safety standards state that when the guard is moved out of the way and let go, it must automatically recover the cutterhead, which is why the American “pork chop” guard is standard. It is spring loaded to comply with American safety standards.
72 mm diameter cutter block with 3 knives in standard planer version
Tersa cutterblock offers tightening knives and automatic adjustment
Double-sided knives can be flipped over, reinserted, and used again
Tersa knives never come loose
OSHA-approved standard guard for safety
Thicknesser infeed roller has helical toothing to guarantee strong, constant workpiece feed
Sandblasted steel outfeed roller maintains the perfect post-machining finish
Very high rigidity of the surfacing fences made of extruded aluminum